The Block Club President that challenged Cappleman

This is leadership in action, not words

In a legislative world where most closely hug the status quo and powers that be, Marianne Lalonde said “We deserve better“.

I am not easily impressed, but Marianne impresses me. In a world of future promises, Marianne hit the trail, with actions way before she announced her candidacy. As I noted in READ THIS: Before you vote for 46th Ward Alderman: “Marianne is a doer not a talker, whether it’s being President of the LANA block club, helping put rent control on ballot, spearheading the LSD Wilson Avenue exit removal resistance, as a member of the Clarendon Park Advisory Council, part of the committee to save Uplift, serving at Sarah’s Circle, supporting tiny houses or other things.”

I think the 46th Ward has a lot to look forward to with Marianne as 46th Ward Alderman, consider what she has already shown us.

Sorry to change the subject but in parting can we change the official titles to include alderwoman or alderperson now? Geesh… this old school stuff is tiring…

Thanks!
-Yehuda

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I like real estate developers and unions

Fix the hole in the wall or the whole room while you’re at it?

But neither of them should own candidates

You need residential and commercial buildings. You need education and labor. These are all great things for the common good.

For the common good is the key phrase here. Anything good in excess becomes bad, it’s a very simple fact. Now the 46th Ward of Chicago has had 8 years of incumbent Alderman Cappleman in a state of real estate developer excess. That industry owns him to the detriment of the common good. This needs to change, he needs to be voted out and replaced, period.

Today in 2019, we have 2 challengers to Cappleman, that realistically can actually unseat him, Marianne Lalonde and Erika Wozniak Francis.

In 2015, we only had one viable challenger candidate. Either you voted for the viable candidate, voted for Cappleman directly, voted for Cappleman indirectly by voting for a nonviable candidate or voted for Cappleman indirectly by not voting. Cappleman won.

In 2019, it’s a little bit more complex with some extra twist, but not all that different. We have 2 viable challenger candidates and 3 nonviable challenger candidates. By viable, I mean realistically can actually win the election and beat Cappleman.

Either you vote for the non-developer and non-union owned viable candidate Mariane Lalonde, vote for the union owned viable candidate Erika Wozniak Francis, vote for developer owned Cappleman directly, vote for Cappleman indirectly by voting for one of the 3 nonviable candidates or vote for Cappleman indirectly by not voting.

Folks, the 5 challengers to Cappleman all seem to be and I’m sure they are wonderful wonderful people. Being decent, compassionate, talented, and well meaning are all essential components of what could be a very good, even great alderman. Cappleman obviously fails in these categories as well as his prioritization of outside interests and inanimate objects over the common good.

There is much more to being the best choice to vote for, than those components though. A lot more to it. In the 46th Ward 2019 election for alderman, it’s an easy decision if you care about the common good.

Do vote for non-owned Marianne Lalonde. Don’t vote for developer owned Cappleman. Don’t vote for union owned Erika Wozniak Francis. Don’t vote for the non-viable candidates, which is the same thing as voting for Cappleman. Don’t stay home, which again is the same thing as voting for Cappleman.

Believe me, Cappleman is thrilled with the non-viable candidates. Don’t tell yourself that you are a big ‘Anyone But Cappleman’ person if you vote for a non-viable candidate. Maybe you need a real deep self-honesty session with the facts. I know it hurts – I feel for you totally. Reality can be a drag, but voting for a non-viable candidate IS voting for Cappleman, so if you do you are voting for Cappleman.

Trading one unbalanced developer owned candidate for another unbalanced union owned candidate may be a slight improvement but why move 10% when you can move much farther towards the common good?

There are only 2 viable challengers to Cappleman and one is union owned and no matter that she is a great person, poised to deliver an unbalanced representation for the common good. The other is non owned Marianne Lalonde, balanced in all areas and the best candidate for the common good of the 46th Ward.

Thanks!
-Yehuda

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Everyone knows candidate Erika Wozniak Francis supports Machine Boss Toni Preckwinkle for Mayor

Why won’t Erika come clean with voters and admit it?

Politicians, even new ones, so often say things we want to be true, but frequently are not true. In the same vein, what they choose not to say or sidestep around can be of even greater importance.

READ THIS: Before you vote for 46th Ward Alderman excerpt:

“Be honest with yourself, do you really think as quiet as CTU endorsed Erika is about who she supports for Mayor, that she is going to stand up against a CTU endorsed Chair of the Cook County Democratic Party Mayor? If you do, come on over, I have a viaduct for sale.”

There are so many connected elements between Toni Preckwinkle and Erika Wozniak Francis, it would be beyond mind boggling to believe they are two unconnected people in a city of millions. Let’s just begin connecting the dots. I have confidence that you can finish connecting the dots.

Toni Preckwinkle – former teacher
Erika Wozniak Francis – current teacher
Toni Preckwinkle – former alderman
Erika Wozniak Francis – current candidate for alderman
Toni Preckwinkle – Chicago Teachers Union endorsed & financed
Erika Wozniak Francis – Chicago Teachers Union endorsed & financed
Toni Preckwinkle – Cook County Board President, Chair of the Cook County Democratic Party and now Mayor of Chicago candidate

Do you really think Toni just happens to be in all those major positions, and one of the few squeaky clean parts of the most corrupt major city?

It’s much more than the Ed Burke scandal, where Burke was extorting business owners to give money to Toni Preckwinkle. Chicago is and has been factually the most corrupt major city in the USA for many years. People like Toni Preckwinkle and 46th Ward Alderman Cappleman have been core participants in maintaining that #1 corruption designation.

A quote I swiped from friend on Facebook because it is 100% true:

“Toni has had 30 years in the machine to begin dismantling it. Instead, she now runs it. None of this opposition to Toni makes sense if you can’t acknowledge her grip on the wheel of the machine.

Accept the truth. The machine is not dead. It has simply evolved.”

Ditto with resistance to Erika, it doesn’t make sense if you can’t acknowledge that she has not even been elected yet, and is already playing politicians double talk with critically important issues like corruption and transparency.

I want to be wrong. Prove me wrong Erika. Stop the silence and lack of transparency. Make a strong clear non-retractable statement that you do not support Toni Preckwinkle, you will not vote for Toni Preckwinkle and encourage others to vote against Toni Preckwinkle and the evolving 2019 machine. Endorse a non-machine candidate for Mayor as well.

The voters deserve to know exactly who they are voting for.

Thanks!
-Yehuda

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There are only 2 winnable paths through this selection to depose Cappleman & one is much better than the other

To be frank, I’d rather be playing with my synthesizers and drum machines, but this is important. At the end of 2017, I vowed to myself and probably G-d, that if I could do one more thing in life to love my neighbor, let it be to help replace the incumbent 46th Ward Alderman in the next election with someone more talented and empathetic, and less dishonest, corrupt and hateful. Hopefully, what I have condensed as much as I could, is a healthy mixture of realism, pragmatism, and my ever dominant idealism. I think it is.

This is a tough challenge: who should the 46th Ward strategically send into the fire breathing dragon pit called the Chicago City Council, that can escape alive with a gem or two? Empathy and great ideas are essential but won’t slay the crooks extraordinaire in our City Council.

The candidates by ballot order

Marianne Lalonde – The most desirable winnable path: #1 Recommendation

Marianne is the candidate sitting in the sweet spot of all factors. A real progressive with actual experience in national progressive politics. She is truly independent and the only viable challenger not beholden to outside groups.

Get to know Marianne and you will realize this is not a person you can push around. We need this to turn ideas into reality. City Council machine hacks are not going to be able to get over Marianne’s head and fool her.

  • Marianne is involved deeply with the community every moment of her spare time, well before her candidacy.
  • Marianne is a doer not a talker, whether it’s being President of the LANA block club, helping put rent control on ballot, spearheading the LSD Wilson Avenue exit removal resistance, as a member of the Clarendon Park Advisory Council, part of the committee to save Uplift, serving at Sarah’s Circle, supporting tiny houses or other things.
  • Marianne has a PhD in her tool-set, you have to love her hashtag #ScienceAgainstTheMachine. I’d say Marianne would easily be the most math savvy member of City Council, and perhaps the only one truly up to the task. It is time to throw away Cappleman’s dishonest bogus ‘evidence based’ bullsh*t. Real science and not fake science should rule a multi-billion dollar budget that millions of people depend on or should be able to depend on.
  • Marianne really understands and is unusually fluent on corruption, housing, healthcare and poverty issues.
  • Marianne can appeal fairly to a wide economic range of voters, especially since all residents are equal to her. These factors are essential to forming an election winning coalition that smashes Cappleman.

Vote for Marianne in the General and Runoff Elections and you have the best chance of deposing Cappleman and getting a non-machine alderman with the smarts and strength to make things actually happen afterwards.

You can’t have all this with any other viable candidate, it’s just that simple.


  • Erika Wozniak Francis – The less desirable winnable path. I absolutely love the CTU and would vote for Erika in a runoff against Cappleman. Historically though, CTU candidates are warm and fuzzy campaigners, but once elected quickly morph into basic issue City Council members. The last CTU candidate elected, 10th Ward Ald. Susan Garza, her vote stats are the same as Cappleman. If you want an establishment-level candidate with machine potential (Mayor? Toni Preckwinkle, CTU endorsed as is Erika) or just a fresh face to protest and complain about ineffective representation after the honeymoon, vote for Erika. Be honest with yourself, do you really think as quiet as CTU endorsed Erika is about who she supports for Mayor, that she is going to stand up against a CTU endorsed Chair of the Cook County Democratic Party Mayor? If you do, come on over, I have a viaduct for sale. Erika does have the potential to beat Cappleman in a runoff, but again that’s a small trade-up from Cappleman.
  • Justin Kriendler – I like Justin, I really do, but this candidacy has zero chance of making it into a runoff so I’m sorry to say can only siphon votes away from the challengers with runoff potential. If you’re a relative or friend, and/or don’t care about reelecting Cappleman, vote for Justin.
  • Incumbent Alderman CapplemanIf you like the status quo, tax and fee increases, inequity in favor of the wealthy and outside groups at your expense, and all that corruption and dishonesty, vote for Cappleman. The volumes of evidence are way too numerous to discuss here. If you care about easily available facts and the equality of all humans, do your homework and vote for someone else. I’m not gonna address it here, but if you are a Cappleman supporter and have ever wondered how Trump supporters can be so blind to Trump, now you know, because you yourself are fooled as well.
  • Angela Clay – I love Angela Clay, I would vote for her in a runoff against Cappleman, however she came too late to the party to set up a winnable campaign. I’ve been preaching this for years now, challengers to Cappleman are going to need at least six months before the General Election, not three or less. Angela didn’t listen to me, ha! If you want to reelect Cappleman, vote for Angela in the General Election. Makes me sad to say it, I really really like her, but at this point, her campaign may have very honorable intentions but in actual environment and time ends up being just a spoiler candidacy and General Election voters may not be likely to vote for another challenger in the Runoff Election in the same numbers as they did in the General Election, exactly what happened in the last 2 elections that put and kept Cappleman in power. Learn from history! I stress this, her campaign won’t be developed enough to beat Cappleman in a runoff, though I would happily vote for her in a Runoff Election against Cappleman anyway.
  • Jon-Robert McDowell – I like Jon-Robert, I really do, but this candidacy has zero chance of making it into a runoff so I’m sorry to say can only siphon votes away from the challengers with runoff potential. If you’re a relative or friend, and/or don’t care about reelecting Cappleman, vote for Jon-Robert.

You may not like it, but it’s direct & honest advice about your vote & the election results that come from it

These recommendations are based on facts, history and years of observation. Any he said/she said or bashing comments will be deleted. I’m not looking for debate, I’m just sharing what should be valuable insights to you. Measurable strategic truths and historical facts predictive of the future do not always sit well with many.

This is real for 50,000+ 46th Ward residents, even truly the whole of Chicago and it can’t be done any other way, sorry.

I implore you to look at the entire ward/city of facts, and ask yourself, do you really feel the candidate you will vote for in the General Election has a realistic and achievable plan to win either the General Election or a Runoff Election? Warm fuzzies and idealistic attention to details are all good, but if you truly want Cappleman gone, there are only two paths that go there, one is much better than the other, and that is Marianne Lalonde.

This is not a video game with results built in pixels, real people will gain and lose if you are wrong. Consider what I have said.

Thanks so much for listening!
-Yehuda

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Wow, was I wrong about Marianne Lalonde

VIDEO WTTW About the Candidate and Q&A

How I met Marianne Lalonde

I think it was in May of 2017, that friend, neighbor and community member David Baumgartner and I went to a Lakeside Area Neighbors Association block club meeting. For years, oddly our area bordered by Sheridan, Wilson, Clarendon and Eastwood was one of the few, if not the only area that wasn’t part of a block club in the 46th Ward. LANA had recently enlarged its borders to include us.

Historically, I have been opposed to many parts of the 46th Ward block club structure, but I was happy for this act of inclusion. I was even trying to go full on community relationships and put aside my block club disdain and activism. I’m glad I did for a moment as it turns out today.

At the June meeting, I voted for Marianne for the first time, to be the block club President. There seemed to be a genuine block club desire to grow and diversify the block club. Still, I wrongly judged Marianne even though I didn’t know it yet and assumed she was just an installed Cappleman block club pawn.

And that was it for a time. I pretty much settled into observation mode and was happy our building residents were plugged into what should be a fully inclusive neighborhood structure.

It became clear in time to me, LANA was the best and most independent block club. A lot of moves under Marianne’s guidance were made to improve things. To be sure a number of others deserve credit as well, Marianne is a leader not a ruler.

WOW though, did my brain explode in a million pieces on the day she announced she was challenging Cappleman.

Golly gosh gee whiz if I didn’t do it again, I judged her short a 2nd time! I’m like OK she’s independent, smart, a leader… but she must be one of those typical Democrats…

One thing about Marianne is she may very well have a long term game plan, but in that game plan, she is all in for the 46th Ward. She spends every moment that is uninvolved with survival, doing something for the community. Whether it’s the block club, Lake Shore Drive – Wilson Avenue exit removal, Clarendon Park Advisory Council, Uplift or Sarah’s Circle or even small things, she is the only candidate that shares CCO Facebook posts for instance.

Unlike the other candidates I have seen, she comes around when she wants nothing, she is a true friend to the community. She’s a doer not a talker.

OK, I’m tired of being wrong about Marianne – this I am not wrong about, I’ve taken the time full of first hand observance, facts not assumptions – she is a true progressive and the only true independent not beholden to outside groups progressive that is actively building a wide coalition across all strata necessary to beat Cappleman. Marianne is clearly a growth person and truly listening to us.

We can do no better than electing Marianne, it’s as simple as that.

Thanks!
-Yehuda

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Morningside Group pays Cappleman for Stewart School

If this isn’t corruption, I don’t know what is…

When criminals write the laws… $1.2 million and growing!

Probably more David M. Strosberg and Morningside Group related payments to Chicago’s 46th Ward incumbent Alderman James Cappleman, but this took a minute to find. Who knows how many other Morningside Group employee or family related payoffs to Cappleman happened, the FBI should investigate.
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JDL pays Cappleman for the $15.8 million in TIF money

If this isn’t corruption, I don’t know what is…

When criminals write the laws… $1.2 million and growing!

Probably more James Letchinger or JDL Development related payments to Chicago’s 46th Ward incumbent Alderman James Cappleman, but this took a minute to find. Who knows how many other JDL employee or family related payoffs to Cappleman happened, the FBI should investigate.
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-Yehuda

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In a runoff between Erika Wozniak Francis and Ald. Cappleman, I’d vote for Erika in a nanosecond

However, in the February 26th General Municipal Election I feel there is a better candidate

I admire Erika Wozniak Francis as a person. She’s smart, talented, personable and compassionate. She is worlds of humanity above incumbent Alderman Cappleman and I’m sure Erika would be a much better alderman as well.

In the 46th Ward aldermanic race, she is clearly an establishment-level candidate. Strong ties to unions, endorsements from incumbent politicians and it looks like the post-Cappleman Democratic Party would have no problem welcoming Erika into the fold.

For years I have said ‘Anyone But Cappleman’ and bar Republicans, Nazis or some other unknown as of yet deal killers, I meant it. In an election between Cappleman and anyone, I’m voting for anyone. More specifically, in a runoff election between Cappleman and Erika, I’m down with Erika, I would vote for her in a nanosecond.

In politics, I rarely believe a word a candidate says in a campaign. I’m not going to throw away 40 years of adult accumulated wisdom on this to be pleasant. I watch them, I talk to them when I can, I see who they are associated with, I look at their history. I try to determine if their words match their actions and if they have a realistic plan for enacting their vision.

Neutrality in the election for Chicago Mayor is a bad sign

If Erika has said she is not supporting any mayoral candidate in the election, this is a meaningless statement to me. Most [wishy-washy] aldermanic candidates do this, rather than stand on the strength of transparency and clearly stated public convictions.

It may be a have your cake and eat it too phenomenon, or perhaps candidates just want to go up or down on their own accord, but the reality is mayoral candidates tend to have more history to judge and it’s a good test of an aldermanic candidate’s choices to see who they think is best to hang their shingle on or what kind of candidate is unacceptable to them.

Not supporting any mayoral candidate in an election is not the same thing as not supporting a specific candidate or what they represent once they are elected. Nice try, but not good enough for this old man.

If a 46th Ward aldermanic candidate right from the get go displays a lack of transparency by not telling voters which mayoral candidate they support… this is a 1st round vote killer for me.

It is clear to me from observing and talking to Erika that she began her candidacy as nearly a one topic candidate, education. She is deeply tied to the CTU and other unions. The CTU as you probably know has endorsed Toni Preckwinkle, as have other unions. 7 figure+ union money has flowed to Preckwinkle.

I think Erika recognizes Toni Preckwinkle is a polarizing issue. Erika could disavow Preckwinkle. Erika could speak out against the CTU’s endorsement of Toni Preckwinkle. Erika could condemn the SEIU 7 figure donation to Toni Preckwinkle and so on. Erika could commit to always side with 46th Ward constituents over the CTU/SEIU/etc.

Erika, does not do any of that, however. I’m very concerned 46th Ward voters are a means to an end, instead of top of the pyramid.

Corruption should be the #1 issue

Erika is soft on corruption in my opinion. She doesn’t understand the extent of it and doesn’t see it as systemic in the Democratic Party in Chicago. I didn’t for a long time either, but I totally get it now and I am not going to ignore it.

Erika doesn’t see the ‘keep your mouth shut about other politicians corruption culture’ in City Council that even CTU darling ‘progressive’ 10th Ward Alderman Susan Garza spoke openly of supporting, more interested in being colleagues than upholding the law. Apparently by Erika’s silence the Aldermanic Criminal Code of Silence is OK with her?

If I’m wrong speak straight to it without politician mumbo-jumbo and subject avoidance.

All the good thoughts and feelings, and all the greatest plans fall flat when they run into the wall of Chicago Mayoral and City Council corruption. All campaign statements are useless fluff if we don’t see and act upon real corruption first, not as an afterthought.

I stand by my previous post I don’t care whose machine it is.

Other candidates

  • Marianne Lalonde * My 1st round vote pick, I will write more later
  • Angela Clay
  • Jon-Robert McDowell
  • Justin Kriendler

I will say here, with no intended offense to the male challengers: I respect both of you, in a different time and place I would vote for you. However, it is time for a woman to lead the 46th Ward, Cappleman has completely shut women out of leadership.

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-Yehuda

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